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Blues for Christmas

John Lee Hooker:

Blue Christmas

The songs from Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special are still amazing, if only because they dispelled the notion that his music no longer mattered. Up close on TV, with no lighting tricks or special effects, he must have made all the doubters feel silly. More here.

Christmas ’43

Frank Moore tells his son Michael about the war.

Happy ugly Christmas sweater!

My son and his lovely bride wanted to do a photo Christmas card while wearing the ugliest Christmas sweaters they could find. And their little dog, too!

Sick during Christmas

Whining alert:

I was making myself a cup of tea this morning when I burst into tears. “I don’t want to be sick anymore,” I said fervently to myself. And I really, really don’t.
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2000 miles

The very strange original Pretenders video:

Christmas Eve blues

Blind Lemon Jefferson:

Christmas bonuses

You gotta wonder why some of them even bother.

The big lie

Joe Nocera spells out how the right-wing fabrication machine falsely and deliberately blamed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the housing crisis.

Cow with mirror

J.C. Duffy with another kneeslapper!

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